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Klobuchar tells UMM grads leaders are needed

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Members of the University of Minnesota Morris faculty greet U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar after her commencement speech Saturday, May 12, at the university. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 4
Left, University of Minnesota Morris Chancellor Michelle Behr and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar watch the recessional of UMM graduates after the May 12 commencement. Klobuchar was the commencement speaker. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times3 / 4
Senator Klobuchar shakes hands with UMM graduate Marissa Ekness during the presentation of candidates at the 2018 Commencement Saturday, May 12 in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times4 / 4

They've even ruined brunch it seems. Graduates who are millennials such as the roughly 350 seniors who graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris Saturday, May 12, often get unjust criticism, commencement speaker Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, said.

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Klobuchar said a story in the New York Post even said millenials have ruined brunch. Not to mention news stories that say millenials are killing the napkin industry and manufacturing of bar soap, Klobuchar said.

But those stories don't tell the whole story, Klobuchar said. Millennials are using paper towels instead of napkins and are using liquid soap instead of bar soap, she said.

And studies show, millenials are more inclusive and more globally tuned in than any other generation, Klobuchar said. "... studies show that millennials are working as hard if not harder than the generation before," Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar said she's optimistic because the future is in the hands of people like UMM graduates.

But the first woman in Minnesota to get elected to the U.S. Senate had some advice for graduates.

The nation and the world seems increasingly divided now by religion, political views and similar issues, Klobuchar said.

"People will look to you for leadership," Klobuchar said.

Graduates can choose isolate themselves by focusing on their career goals and lives, Klobuchar said.

The better choice is look outward and be a part of something larger than themselves, Klobuchar said.

"The world will need people who chose "to be there for others and stand up for others...," Klobuchar said.

Watch for more photos from the UMM commencement on our website and more coverage in the May 19 edition of the Stevens County Times.